Regent Theatre

131 James Street,
Guildford, WA 6055

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Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre opened on 8th March 1926 with Ronald Colman in “The Dark Angel”. The Regent Theatre closed in 1966. The Regent Theatre building was then used for a bingo hall and for general hire for social functions, and the RAF Association WA. The theatre building was used in the 1990’s by the Slovenian Club. The theatre building is now the Museum of Natural History. The Regent Theatre building has been heritage listed(date unknown?).

Contributed by David Coppock

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film on August 17, 2017 at 1:37 am

WOW! Great photo – Takes me way back to approx early 1955 when I worked at the Regent Theatre, Guildford as Assistant Projectionist together with Kevin Yelland, Senior Projectionist and real life pioneering RAAF Jet Pilot. (The theatre was run by Bob Yelland of Consolidated Theatres – Kevin was his son.) I started with great excitement on a Sat night. The movie screening was the MGM production “Beau Brummell” starring Stewart Granger & Elizabeth Taylor. In later months we installed CinemaScope, opening with 20th Century Fox’s “Beneath The 12 Mile Reef” ( “More Than Your Eyes Have Ever Seen” – “The Modern Miracle You See Without Glasses” ) was the catch cry . The theatre at the time was equipped for wide screen, however the ratio was incorrect for CinemaScope. So to achieve the extra width the screen frame was extended and white cloth material tacked on to each end. The result was pretty average, however this was only a temporary measure until a proper replacement C/Scope screen was obtained. (pioneering days) I recall that we only had one set of C/Scope lenses and one print to service two cinemas, which meant somehow switching both lenses & print with the Renown theatre, Midland Junction located in the next suburb, which was also run by Consolidated. After Guildford I moved to Melbourne, and now after a lifetime of working in the Cinema/Motion Picture Industry this writer looks back with warm appreciation to the Golden Era and know we have lost something very special with the passing of our suburban Picture Palaces. Over the years I never lost contact with Bob Yelland and often represented movies nationally that he had for distribution. Now 62 years has past & I still retain wonderful memories of my time at the Regent Theatre Guildford and of a Master Showman named Bob Yelland…Greg Lynch (revised) – 17 / 8 / 2017 –

davidcoppock on October 16, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Opened on 8/3/1926 with a novelty short(Sterroscopiks), and “The dark angel”.

davidcoppock on December 5, 2021 at 11:18 am

The inside of this old theatre building was seen on the Western Australian tv series “Destination WA” on 5/12/2021 showing the inside of the museum.

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